dop·​ing | \ ˈdō-piŋ How to pronounce doping (audio) \

Definition of doping

: the use of a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (such as blood doping) to illegally improve athletic performance

Examples of doping in a Sentence

increased efforts to detect doping at the Olympic Games
Recent Examples on the Web Russia was permitted only one entry (long jumper Darya Klishina) in Rio because of the country’s rampant doping., "‘Mega PR and legal disaster’ possible after Tokyo’s overseas spectator ban," 27 Mar. 2021 The body is the tool, the instrument required to do the job—elite athletes are subject to rigorous doping standards; student athletes receive physicals before competing. Britni De La Cretaz, Glamour, "Attacks on Transgender Athletes Are Threatening Women’s Sports," 22 Mar. 2021 Seavey hadn’t run an Iditarod since 2017, when a confusing and controversial doping allegation against him caused an uproar and eventually contributed to leadership changes in the Iditarod’s governing body. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, "6 takeaways from an Iditarod unlike any other," 19 Mar. 2021 Sun had been given the ban for refusing to complete an out-of-competition doping test. John Sinnott, CNN, "Chinese swimmer Sun Yang's eight-year doping ban set aside by Swiss court 'on grounds of bias'," 24 Dec. 2020 The Court of Arbitration for Sport in, Lausanne, Switzerland issued its decision on Thursday, the latest development in a long-running scandal that has seen Russian athletes, coaches and officials caught in systemic doping. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, "Russia’s doping ban from next two Olympics is upheld, drawing praise and condemnation," 17 Dec. 2020 Russia’s doping has been a recurring flashpoint in global sports generally and at the Olympics in particular. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Sports Court Cuts Russia Doping Ban in Half," 17 Dec. 2020 This is done during the manufacturing, and the doping is locked into place at that point. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Phosphorus equivalent of graphene makes reconfigurable transistors," 13 Dec. 2020 And so in addition to traditional antidoping controls to bar the use of performance-enhancing drugs, there will be data analysis to avoid digital doping, too. New York Times, "Virtual Cycling and Real Cheating: Cracking Down on ‘Digital Doping’," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of doping

1900, in the meaning defined above

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31 Mar 2021

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“Doping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doping

: the illegal use of a drug (such as a steroid) to improve an athlete's performance


dop·​ing | \ ˈdō-piŋ How to pronounce doping (audio) \

Medical Definition of doping

: the use of a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (such as blood doping) to improve athletic performance and that is typically banned in competitive sports … nearly two dozen athletes … have been banned from the Olympics in the last two weeks for doping violations.— Philip Hersh, The Chicago Tribune, 8 Aug. 2008

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